Theodore Walter Rollins, Octogenarian

Sonny Rollins did as a jazz musician what Harry Callahan did as a photographer: he created a sabbatical for himself (two, actually) to do some “woodshedding.” He has a lot to say about creative work that applies directly to all of us:

“I’m still payin’ dues, even though I’m in the high cotton.”

An Illustrated Version of Tuesday’s 2-D AP Field Trip Handout

We’ll meet in the “Alena Laube Lobby” of the Richard C. Johnson Auditorium at 7:30, so that we can hoof the attendance down to… Attendance, and board our bus by 7:35.

Show your student ID whilst you buy a round-trip ride (2 one-way tickets) to Ogilvie for half-price.  At some point, gimme yer $2.25 for the rapid transit ride card (or make your own, to keep and to use in the future). You get to read preparatory material on the train, so that you won’t be confronting work cluelessly, and to give you a start on the assessments and reflections that will account for your day.

We’ll walk to the Gage Gallery on Michigan Avenue. After that visit, we’ll ride the Brown Line of the “L” (that’s the elevated train) to the River North area, to see work at the Catherine Edelman Gallery and the Schneider Gallery. Also in this neighborhood, we’ll bolt down a little nourishment…

…before bolting to the West Loop to visit the Tony Wight Gallery.

At 12:55, we sprint back to Ogilvie. On the return trip you may work on your cleaned-up notes and responses to prompts on the ride home (your epiphanies will be posted here). We arrive in our home town at 2:32. Hitch me a ride back to the Huge School; thanks!

That’s gallery hoppin’: hoofin’ & boardin’ & ridin’ & walkin’ & boltin” & sprintin’ &

More Class Pictures, Encore

…both Photo and AP. As before, the rosters here are works in progress.

Welch, Dunham, Wane. I told you there used to be a correct proportion of males in Photo.

Taylor, McWilliams, Nwankwo, Ostrem.

AP: sooooooo many names. Carpenter, Mrs. Elsner, Yokoyama, Haas, Destree, Thalheimer…

Samoa AP, only five or so years gone. New York, LA, Massachusetts, Indiana (!); mini-pets & muscle cars. (NG: that’s Kevin Overby.)

The Epitome of Symbiosis


“Twas a swell format and a useful prompt. Let’s create a replacement for ourselves, hmm?

Letters of Recommendation

Here are excerpts from an e-mail that the college counselors send annually, as a service to all teachers in the Huge School. (I resisted the temptation to modify the text, except to compact bullet points into paragraph form.)

“You should describe the student within the context of your classroom:  communication skills, student-produced papers or research of note, curiosity, class participation, attitudes towards learning, academic potential. Think about a student’s: verbal and writing skills; ability to think on his/her feet; academic performance over the length of the course; leadership, organizational, coping, socialization skills; maturity level; and overall character. *

We have told students to give you a stamped, addressed envelope for each college so that you can mail your letter of recommendation directly to the college/university. Some faculty feel comfortable sharing a copy of their letter with students while others will let students read their letter prior to its being mailed.  Still other faculty refrain from sharing the contents of their letters with students.  The choice is up to you.  For your information, neither of us advises sharing letters with students. **

Students have been advised to give you a minimum of three weeks to write your letter.  If you need more time, insist on it before agreeing to write the recommendation. You may want a student to give you a resume OR the BHS Teacher / Counselor Recommendation Form before writing your letter.  It isn’t necessary for you to comment on a student’s extra-curricular activities in your letter; rather, include specific anecdotal references about the student when they were in your class. If you don’t feel comfortable writing a recommendation for a student – or if you don’t have the time – please tell the student in a clear and non-threatening manner. It would be far better for a student to face some minor rejection now and then seek out someone else who could write a stronger letter than to count on you and then have you unable to write an effective letter.” ***

* Many of those items fall under the category of… engagement.

** All envelopes I’ve received are addressed; some have postage attached; some have a return address. Some requests are verbal, and some requestees (?) have indicated a deadline. Not a pretty melange. I have a life, you know.

*** I always set out to write a very good letter for each Senior who needs one; I never write overtly negative statements.

Please. Help me to help you help me help you.